|Sister Roota, Me, Sister Mahit, Sister Lewis celebrate New Years on our P day. Hats complements of Kimo and Kaye|
|Me, Sister Woods, Sister Mahit, and Sister Roota making Gingerbread houses|
|Sister Barlow, me Sister Woods, Siste Wayas and Sister Hillbourne|
We live about 7 degrees north of the equator, so its pretty hot all year long. January has been hot and humid and a little bit rainy. When the sun is behind the clouds or it is rainy the temperature might drop a degree or two, but its still hot. I think the average year round temperature is 86 with a very very high humidity which makes it seem much hotter. I have never yet been cold or needed a jacket of any kind. Long sleeve shirts are definitely too hot for this climate. We run in the mornings from 6:30-7:30 am and I always come back totally drenched. I have to constantly remind the Elders and Sisters to drink water to avoid becoming dehydrated, which can cause them to get nauseated, and start to throw up or get headaches.
The Senior Sisters always get together for lunch when it is some one's birthday. Its fun. They don't have many restaurants but this one called Tide Table is pretty good
The Senior couples here are awesome. We all get along great. Elder and Sister Wayas work in the office. Sister Wayas is like the head secretary to President Shaw and the mission. Elder Wayas is in charge of fixing bikes, doing the newletter, and is a wonderful artist. He used to be our neighbor when we were little and lived in Hawaii. He and his brothers and sister and parents lived behind our house in Laie. They are from Arizona and have 7 children who are just beautiful with the Haole, Hawaiian, Filipino mix. (I will tell about the other couples later in this post)
|Me, on an islet in the atoll on our Senior P-day a few weeks ago.|
We have a lot of fun as senior missionaries and go someplace on just about every P day. Here we are on a boat going to a little islet. This is Sister Wayas, Sister Barlow and me.
|Sister Wayas, Bister Barlow, and Me|
|Kids playing with a cooler.|
|Sister Woods, me Elder Woods, Sister Bonnemort, Elder Bonnemort, Sister Wayas, Elder Wayas|
President Shaw has let some of the senior couples visit the other part of our mission. We got to entertain Elder and Sister Bonnemort, the nurse and her husband, who are serving in Kirabati. They are getting ready to go home in March. At one time I was going to fly to Kirabati and stay until a new nurse was called. The President felt strongly that that was needed, since Kiribati has fewer doctors and the hospital is more needy there than it is here. I took them around to visit some of the doctors, the hospital, pharmacy and other interesting health related place here on Majuro. I think they had a good time. I am not going to be going to Kirabati to be the nurse for a few months because they were able to get a nurse to transfer there from another location. That will mean she can get there in time before the Bonnemort's leave. I am glad they were able to get one because I think they need one here too. I do hope (and President Shaw mentioned it too) that I will be able to see Kirabati sometime before I leave. Maybe I will get to go to a zone conference there sometime.
|In the middle of a little village there is a WWII Japanese Bunker|
|Sister Barlow. and me at the Bunker|
There is an old WWII Japanese Bunker on Majuro in the little village of Rita. In order to get to it, you have to go walk through some people's houses and shops. We did it anyway though and it is very interesting.
Elder and Sister Barlow work in the office. Sister Barlow is in charge of ordering, and petty cash and does many things for the mission. Elder Barlow is in charge of missionary houses. They are from Payson, Utah, but have a home in Mexico, a cabin by Bryce Canyon, and served a mission in Samoa with their kids about 10 or more years ago. They have snorkeled all over the world. Awesome friends.
|YM and YW in my ward learning about First Aid|
|I had them pretend to wash their hands (using hand sanitizer)|
|One of the Young Women Leaders and her son|
|Some boys putting bandaids on each other (After they washed it)|
|One of the YM treating the impaled object|
|Direct pressure to a bleeding wound|
|Everyone seemed to enjoy the class.|
|Elder Woods playing his flute for the children|
|The Senior Missionaries and the APS|
|Elder and Sister Hillbourne|
|Elder and Sister Woods are from Orem, Utah. They are CES/Humanitarian missionaries here. They are really fun and are so good to me. I run with Sister Woods in the mornings at 6:30 am. They have 6 children . They have done a great job here in the Marshall Islands. They are in charge of all the seminaries and institute here as well as .work on projects to help the community. Some of their projects have been to donate sewing machines to a school, ukuleles to a youth group, pans to the Wellness Center and many more. (Picture of Elder woods above and Sister Woods below)|
|Sister Woods, Sister Hillbourne and me|